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In 2011, Taking Back Sunday released their self-titled fifth album, the first to feature the original lineup of the band since 2002's seminal Tell All Your Friends. Celebrated by fans, Taking Back Sunday proved that the old lineup still packed a punch. What Happiness Is proves is that they're not done maturing artistically. Here, the band dial down the pop-punk snarl and fill the gap with hefty hooks and smart arrangements. The soaring single "Flicker Fade" features a string section; "It Takes More" is a pensive ballad kicked off by distant pianos and concluded by a lonely violin. The band's lyrics have grown up, too: "Better Homes and Gardens" tells the story of a doomed marriage, with Adam Lazzara concluding emphatically, "It was all for nothing/It was all a waste." Most tellingly, the closer, "Nothing At All," sounds more like Coldplay than anything released by TBS' erstwhile Warped Tour colleagues.

Customer Reviews

Excited for this.

What a surprise! I am so excited to hear this! Taking Back Sunday is a band I never have grown out of.

Great Album!

Ok, so there seem to be two types of reviewers out there...

There’s the TBS fan that has been with them since Tell All Your Friends, and who want desperately for TBS to revert back to that old-school sound, therefore chose to react negatively when they heard this new album. I mean, I don’t totally blame them…Tell All Your Friends was an awesome album.

Then there’s the TBS fan who has grown with the band, and has matured with the band. Therefore, they take this album for what it is…new and different!

Change is inevitable, especially when you’re taking about going from being a 20 year old kid to a 30-something year old man with a family. Can you really expect these guys to produce the same music that they did when they were first starting out? They’ve grown, and with each CD their music has grown, and developed into a very unique, and equally enthralling sound.

I love TBS, and I’ve loved their music for over 10 years now. I grew up with them, and I look forward to their future musical endeavors. Great album!

6th time's the charm

Happiness Is....... exactly that, pure happiness. Taking Back Sunday is one of the best rock bands around and this new piece of musical magic only cements their ever-growing legacy.


Formed: November, 1999 in Amityville, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1999 in Amityville, New York, Taking Back Sunday have modeled their interpretation of melodic hardcore after bands like Lifetime, Endpoint, and Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as guitarist Ed Reyes' emo outfit the Movielife. After the release of a five-song demo and a year's worth of touring (including shows with At the Drive-In and Alkaline Trio), Taking Back Sunday signed to Victory Records and entered New Jersey's Big Blue Meanie Recording Studios alongside producer Sal Villanueva and...
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